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Dr Simon Freakley

Dr Ewa Nowicka

Simon graduated in 2009 from the University of Durham with a 1st class MChem in Chemistry which included a twelve month industrial placement at Johnson Matthey working on Fischer Tropsch catalysis. He followed this in 2012 with a PhD at Cardiff University under the supervision Prof. Graham Hutchings (Investigation into the direct synthesis of hydrogen peroxide and CO oxidation using precious metal catalysts.) Since then he has been a PDRA in the Cardiff Catalysis Institute working on a number of projects including hydrogen peroxide direct synthesis and its potential for water purification, alkane oxidation, CO oxidation and the water gas shift reaction.

In 2012 he was awarded a prestigious fellowship from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, and spent some time in the group of Professor Haruta at Tokyo Metropolitan University to collaborate on understanding Au catalysts for CO oxidation which is ongoing. Simon has presented work at a number of European conferences and ACS national meetings as well as a poster presentation at the houses of Parliament.

Research interests:
Catalysts by gold, gold-palladium alloys, direct synthesis of hydrogen peroxide, alkane oxidation, flow reactors. 


  • Effect of reaction conditions on the direct synthesis of hydrogen peroxide with a AuPd/TiO2 catalyst in a flow reactor; Freakley, S.J., Piccinini, M., Edwards, J.K., Ntainjua, E.N., Moulijn, J.A., Hutchings, G.J;. ACS Catalysis, 2013, 3 (4), 487-501.
  • Physical mixing of metal acetates: A simple, scalable method to produce active chloride free bimetallic catalysts; Kondrat, S.A., Shaw, G., Freakley, S.J., He, Q., Hampton, J., Edwards, J.K., Miedziak, P.J., Davies, T.E., Carley, A.F., Taylor, S.H., Kiely, C.J., Hutchings, G.J.; Chemical Science, 2012, 3 (10), 2965-2971.
  • Synthesis of stable ligand-free gold-palladium nanoparticles using a simple excess anion method; Sankar, M., He, Q., Morad, M., Pritchard, J., Freakley, S.J., Edwards, J.K., Taylor, S.H., Morgan, D.J., Carley, A.F., Knight, D.W., Kiely, C.J., Hutchings, G.J.; ACS Nano, 2012, 6 (8), 6600-6613.


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